Yellow Sparrow

Yellow sparrow how you fly.

Floating, fluttering life flies by.

Pure joy is found from graceful wing.

You might could hear an angel sing.

It rises like the bullet rises too.

It shatters the sparrow right through.

Broken heart meets broken moment.

Who would have known it?

-OM

  

30A

30A I miss you today. Miles and miles away, in Florida you stay. Family departed for repeated fun times. In exchange for a new home, the sacrifice must be done. 30A and the shores so far away. I hear them still. I miss them still.

-OM

  
Art by my wife.

I will hold you

Today I am taking the training wheels off my daughter’s bike. I wrote this poem while thinking about it.

I will hold you, daughter mine.

Let go of fear and feel the wind so free.

I am here, I won’t let go.

Feel the breeze as she blows.

Don’t look back, I am right here.

You will always find me near.

I will hold you close my child.

Until I must let you go.

-OM

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Free thought (unedited)

I cannot sleep. I cannot stop. Thoughts that collide like unicorns in the sky. Their radiance dazzles in a burst of death. For how could something so beautiful not need a sacrifice to take place. I drink little cups and they become big cups. The peaceful slumber of those nearby does little to comfort the ghosts that sit beside me. We argue about what has happened, should happen, and might. We drink until the sun reminds me I am alone. And always have been.

WordPress Tags

I think people are overthinking the whole “tag” business on WordPress. Tags serve two purposes for a blogger they either categorize their posts or they get their posts seen. How tags serve your audience is a different matter and that is where bloggers seem to miss the mark. I’ll explain what I know of tags.

People ask “how do I know what tags are trending?” The “overall WordPress Reader” (when I say overall I mean the general river of posts made by all bloggers that blog on WordPress and not an individual’s reader that their subscribed posts go to) always has posts being added to it and you can “guess” what tags are being used. Remember the importance of tags in connection with networking on WordPress as a platform is the ability to use the search bar to essentially “find new blogs” to connect with.

This is so you aren’t stuck reading the same bloggers over and over off your personal WordPress reader. Tags are how you find people just like you would search for terms on Google.com. The more specific you are the more likely you will find the posts related to that topic, but the pool of bloggers for that subject matter will thin out. General tags will host a wide range of posts from bloggers writing and publishing about everything. Examples of these would be blog, WordPress, art, general, featured, random, post, writing, publishing, blogging, 2014, personal, poem, and etc etc. You will find that if you actually consider what you are looking for in an audience that you can then gauge your personal tag searching to fit who you will most likely connect with.

I encourage bloggers to remember that even though someone publishes and hosts a cooking blog they may still like poetry. Artists may follow fashion blogs and connections can definitely be made “across niches.” Don’t get drawn into that garbage where you start to find you have segregated yourself away from WordPress as a whole. There is not “One Community” here on WordPress, there are hundreds of thousands of communities and millions of active bloggers. They are all here tagging posts and adding them to the ever flowing river of posts that is WordPress and everyone is looking for new connections.

Knowing what is trending on WordPress is common sense. Obviously some of the general tags are ALWAYS trending such as art, fashion, writing, personal, poetry, photography, blog, and about me these tags are always being added to. The tags that are also trending are “trending” because they are fueled by human interest. So because you as a blogger are human you should know what is currently going on in the world. Has someone been shot, is someone going to war, did aliens just appear, did a celebrity say something they shouldn’t have, was there a natural disaster, what month is it, and is a holiday going on are all good things to consider. Those are going to be hot tags because they are being actively used due to current events. Think real world and project that into the virtual.

I always encourage people to own their tag. You can create a “tag” for yourself and I currently add my posts to Opinionated Man and HarsH ReaLiTy tags. Not every post gets tagged this, but I make it a point to routinely add one to keep the tags active. Others can add to these as well, but the frequency to which you add to one particular, unique tag will show ownership due to who the reader sees. I think that is important especially for brand recognition and who knows that better than authors with their titles? The same can be said for other bloggers and their platforms as well, own your name if you can.

Tags can serve as SEO hooks but the level of this is not very clear. You would need to ask an expert on that, I have my theories. They are recognized through search though on external platforms.

Some people also use tagging for internal use. You can study what “tags” of yours are being looked at, but I don’t find that data to be as effective or productive as using that energy to self-promote. But that is just me. That is the basics, other than the whole “no more than 15 tags rule” and categories serve as a “tag” in that 15. I probably left something out though because I am watching Tom and Jerry with my daughter.

-OM

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Will you know me in the morning?

Will you know me in the morning? When rays of light kill the shadows we hide.

I place my mask upon the nightstand and face my daily fears with an exhausted look. We dance tiredly, the way we have for years. For my whole life.

I reluctantly twirl my partner and watch the shards of light reflect off his skin.

Paper thin like fake men. We begin again our tired spin. We twirl till we are one.

I place the mask back on and begin my life. Seconds of honesty to last a day.

-OM

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